Goodfellas

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I watched this movie on Netflix.

Goodfellas is another one of those old classics that was on my list of shame, having never seen it. Since it is going to be leaving Netflix on May 1st (2020), I decided to go for it.
It was pretty good, a nice look into gangster life of that era with some great performances all around. I didn't think it was an amazing film, but it was good. Had I seen it younger, I might have liked it more...? Maybe? Not saying I didn't like it, but I don't think it's 5 stars worthy.

It's really long, in fact the first night I started it I was too tired and quit after 40 minutes. Came back and finished the rest the next night.
I do like some gangster movies. In fact Road to Perdition is one of my favorite films. Just this one I thought was OK.

Mistake Status: Saw a few in my watch. This isn't the kind of movie I'd be keen to revisit for mistake purposes.

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Factual error: In the scene at Idlewild airport, the actors walk past the rear of an easily identified 1965 Chevy Impala. Occasionally Chevrolet introduced vehicles early, but never two years early.

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Henny Youngman: How are you? Glad to be here! Take my wife, please! I take my wife everywhere, but she finds her way home. I said "Where do you wanna go for your anniversary?" She said "I wanna go somewhere I've never been before." I said "Try the kitchen." Dr. Wellsler is here, a wonderful doctor. Gave a guy 6 months to live. Couldn't pay his bill, gave him another 6 months. (00:34:20 - 00:34:50)

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Trivia: In the book Wiseguy, it is stated that even in the gangster world, discipline and order had to maintained. No one could kill anyone they wanted whenever they pleased. Dead bodies were not allowed to be haphazardly left in the streets for all to see. People who had grudges against certain individuals had to sit down with mob chiefs to get their okay to have them 'whacked'. Since Tommy killed Billy Batts and several others without permission, he sealed his own fate. There are similar cases mentioned in the book regarding loose cannons, deadbeats, and snitches and their ultimate demise. Henry put it so in the case of Stacks Edwards: "It was Jimmy who gave the order, but it was Paulie who gave Jimmy the look."

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Question: Tommy was executed for killing Billy Batts - but Jimmy and Henry tried to help cover the killing up. How come they'd didn't get punished for that?

Answer: Tommy was the only one who actively participated in Billy Batts' murder, so although Henry and Jimmy were accessories to the murder, they were probably overlooked given Tommy's reputation and because Tommy was "above" them within the hierarchy of their family. It's also implied within Henry's voiceover that Tommy was basically handed over by his family to Batts' family because Batts was a made man, ie. untouchable, and Tommy was not "made" to avoid further violence between the families and possible full-blown gang war; Jimmy and Henry's involvement was either unknown to or overlooked by Batts' people.

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